Moraine State Park South Shore Trails Loop

Butler, Pennsylvania

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This hike could be considered a tour of the South Shore of the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park. Combining three existing loops, the hiker weaves from wooded trails to the shoreline of Lake Arthur and back. The trail starts off by showing some of the variety you will experience throughout the hike, passing under both deciduous and coniferous trees and through a meadow. You will soon walk back into tree cover and, after crossing a short bridge, through what is essentially a small pine forest. The trail will change from grassy, dirt-mixed mud to a carpet of pine needles as you pass through. The pleasant walk in the conifers doesn’t last long. Shortly begin a slow climb for about a half mile during which you might notice Jacob’s ladder afoot and berry trees beside and above you. After a very brief descent, ascend again but this time for only about 0.2 miles to reach approximately 1,370 feet, the second highest point on this lakeside trail..

Moraine State Park: South Shore Trails Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This hike could be considered a tour of the South Shore of the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park. Combining three existing loops, the hiker weaves from wooded trails to the shoreline of Lake Arthur and back. The trail starts off by showing some of the variety you will experience throughout the hike, passing under both deciduous and coniferous trees and through a meadow.

You will soon walk back into tree cover and, after crossing a short bridge, through what is essentially a small pine forest. The trail will change from grassy, dirt-mixed mud to a carpet of pine needles as you pass through. The pleasant walk in the conifers doesn’t last long. Shortly begin a slow climb for about a half mile during which you might notice Jacob’s ladder afoot and berry trees beside and above you. After a very brief descent, ascend again but this time for only about 0.2 miles to reach approximately 1,370 feet, the second highest point on this lakeside trail.."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butler
Distance: 5.9
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Local Contacts: Moraine State Park
Local Maps: USGS Prospect
Driving Directions: Directions to Moraine State Park: South Shore Trails Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2010
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This would be a great loop hike. However, the trail is not cleared of overgrowth in a couple areas. One area was not passable at all-the part where the trail travels at the edge of the lake- had to turn around and take the short loop to get across. Blazes are also either very faded or non existent. Double blazes to mark turns are non existent. Difficult to find where the trail enters back into the woods after crossing a meadow area. We are experienced hikers, had a park trail map, and had difficulty. Inexperienced hikers would have great difficulty. Granted it did challenge our navigation skills, but was disappointing to find the trail obstructed by thick overgrowth.



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May 2018